Sunday, November 25, 2007

La Bodega at Telawi and at Pavilion KL

(LB, upstairs, at Telawi)

WOW! It's that time of year again... the Christmas decorations are out at La bodega... Sigh... makes you wonder where the year went doesn't it...??

Seems like just the other day....

We were playing charades ....

and making a din..... at our favourite place ....

giggling, yelling and laughing... at ourselves... !!!

All things good happen at La bodega...

There are many places that make good breakfast... Fogal Meat Market, at Hartamas, for example..

However, La Bodega is way cozier!

Hmmmm.... snug, comfortable, easy, contended.... at Bodega. We like this place a lot :)

By the way, La Bodega has opened at the Pavilion too:D


( LB at Pavilion)

Hurray... Another place to go and chill out after a hard day's shopping...

Super !

Food : 6/10
Ambiance : 7/10
MSG level : low
Price : moderate and value for money!
Service : very good!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Din Tai Fung at the Gardens

Traffic on a Friday afternoon around the Mid Valley area is crazy.

It goes without saying that finding a car park is near impossible...

If you are jockey fiends like we are, you might want to use the valet parking around the Garden's main entrance side because the Mid Valley valet is useless.. always full.

Din Tai Fung is famous for their Xiao Long Bao. So the story goes, about this man(the founder), Mr Yang, who fled during the Chinese Civil war in 1948, to Taiwan. He started off as a delivery boy for cooking oil , and soon saved up enough to start in humble beginnings.. a small restaurant selling Xiao Long Bao. This restaurant was called Din Tai Fung. Soon he grew famous because of this XLB formula/recipe... to date, there are now 40 franchises of Din Tai Fung in 10 countries... All doing just great. They were recently voted top 10 restaurants in the world, by the New York Times.

After all this hype, no wonder we had to go suss it our for ourselves.

We had the Xiao Cai for starters.. this was a light tangy starter made mainly form vege, seaweed and tofu stock.. it was light and crunchy. Good as a warm up course....

soon, the heavy stuff arrived...

the braised beef brisket in la mian (as in ramen, in Japanese, note the phonetic similarities) was a specialty of the house and not bad at all to the taste buds.. we were already impressed with the 1st two dishes... the beef was soft and tender.. the soup was thick with feeling... aah...

we were just getting warmed up...

then came the chef's piece de resistance.. the Xiao Long Bao..

We sank our hungry jaws into it.

It kinda leaked sauce.. rather than GUSH... hmmm... rather disappointing... we would rather have gush than leak, Mr. chef.. honest... not as succulent as we would have liked.

Still, for an average of RM15 per dish, what can you expect... But still, we wouldn't mind being charged more, if only the XLB was of better proportions/succulence..

The Beef Udon was tasty.. (by this point we were getting half-stuffed)...

The green beans with pork was greasy but delicious,

the Mushroom , "chai choi" dumplings were chewy,

the special tofu were a nice mouthful...

At this point we should have stopped... however we didn't, and by the time the prawn with salted egg arrived, we were bursting at the seams...

I just had an epiphany of sorts at this point.. i realised that "ham-tan" i.e. salted egg, fried with ANYTHING, tastes good.. salted egg crab, prawn, lizard, snake... whatever... etc etc....
Must be all that cholesterol... killer yum man..

enter the smoked fish.. which was more like caramelized honey coated fish...

another tofu - tofu floss with century egg (yea... 100 year old egg... all black and aged and sexy and delicious..)

And with that, we reached the end of our meal.. thank God.

So what was for dessert?

Golden Taro bread! Fried to perfection. With a Yam centre.... fabulous!

And mango pudding...

And finally, my favourite dessert.... Layer Papaya cake ! What papaya you say??? We asked as well...
Apparently, according to the waitress... the papaya comprise the colorful bubbles that blanket the top of the layer cake...

So cute... didn't even taste like papaya.. but there you go!

My friend commented that he would return with his wife, for sure, as this place serves way better food than i-dragon.... also, being non-Chinese and all, they don't speak a word of, let alone order in Chinese. So this place is heaven sent, because the menu is in English! With pretty pictures to boot. And the portions are small, therefore 2 people won't be forced to order just one dish and a soup... They can actually have the works:)

So, perfect.. innit?

Food : 7/10
Service : 6/10
Ambiance : 4/10
Price : moderate, averaging rm15 per dish
MSG level : low

Burberry Blue Label - Shopping in Ginza

Shopping Post... I like !!!

When we got to Tokyo, we were told that there was this delightful line from Burberry... called... Burberry Blue label... Being the 'shi-shi' pharmaceutical employees that we are, we couldn't resist the exclusivity of the whole deal.. i mean... how nice is that.. telling someone you got a handbag... that is only made for the Japanese crowd... only made in Japan.... Too cool.

So where does one go to do shopping in Japan.


Of course:P

On the way to our destination, we passed the Ginza station, and the most expensive car (according to our tour guide, Andre ( don't ask me why he has a French name)) in Japan.

Also, according to Andre, as you move UP-market in Tokyo, the looks of the women go DOWN-market.., like I am talking old ladies dress to the hilt in LV and PRADA... so sad...

The sassy Shinjuku chicks were way cuter... for sure..

very cool bill boards in Ginza...



...and happening... !

In Ginza, everyone makes a statement. Like a truck paid exclusively to drive round in circles, announcing the opening of Armani at Ginza tower...

...see what i mean.

Ah... we finally get there and its still open.. thank God.. !(As you can see, the quality of this photo of Burberry is way better than all the previous photos, simply because i literally stole this pic from my colleague. He is a very very good photographer.. unlike moi. I was so excited when i saw the place, i forgot to take a photo... how hectic is that..)

Anyway, you want to know which bag i got right???

Ok, ok..,

THIS ONE !!! So cute right? Pink and all and super trendy....

but... this other one was insanely gorgeous as well. My colleague bought this one ... and after we left I was jealous I didn't buy one too :(:(


can go back again and buy, right?


nice leh..... ?!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Kampachi at Pavilion KL

Kampachi at Equatorial Hotel, KL has been one of my all time favourite Japanese a la carte places to eat... so imagine my excitement when I heard they had opened at the Pavillion KL!

Happy happy joy joy!! Get to shop and eat... how perfect is that .. ?

Today we went there to check it out for lunch...

I hate to say this... and it looks like we are having a spat of less than promising food reviews, :( but....

the food was really not that good. Lets hope its just teething problems.. right?

Firstly, the place lacked ambiance. I mean, the place looked like a sterile fast food joint. My school canteen had greater ambiance than this place. It was noisy and the waiters seemed to be running around like headless chicken... When asked the name of certain dishes, they could not tell, would not tell.. whatever..

The rolls, (negi toro maki, rainbow maki and kampachi maki) were really mediocre. There was nothing mind blowing or unique about their rolls.

(If you want fantastic rolls, please refer to my blog on Hajime, on Jalan Ampang - First Class maki... and all unique concoctions by the chef himself. They have different rolls every week... go figure..)

The sashimi, for RM200 was a big let down. The fish, was not served cold, but FROZEN! There were parts that were literally ice hard... arrrgh... i mean.., come on... this is dining faux pas, isn't it?? Totally unacceptable ... you think???!

The crispy salmon skin salad was not crispy ! It was like day old Keropok (again this keropok thing... what's going on guys.. ? ) left out to soggify...

oh.. and the Tori Teriyaki, should have been named, Tesco Teriyaki because the chicken had that plastic supermarket smell that makes me totally want to die.. Can you guys just please shop at the wet market for fresh produce.. like please ??

the unagi was boring.. just look at it..

the tempura was tempura... very so-so...



but then........


the Green tea ice cream, the Tempura ice cream (deep fried battered ice cream stuffed with peanuts) and the black sesame ice cream were tres tres delicious !

Lucky for them, because our bill for 5 people came up to a resounding RM714.15 ... !

And this is just lunch mind you.

Food : 3/10
Ambiance :2/10
Service :3/10
MSG Levels : moderate
Price : RM142.83 per head... erm.. i would say... HIGH!